Monday, June 05, 2006

50% of Rhode Island’s congressional representatives released from drug rehab clinic
Rep. Kennedy Ends Rehab, Returns to R.I.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Monday he was feeling good after nearly a month in drug rehabilitation and realizes he can no longer take any "mood-altering" substance.

The six-term congressman checked into a rehabilitation clinic on May 5, one day after a middle-of-the-night car crash near the U.S. Capitol that he said he could not remember...

Kennedy was released from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Friday. He also had been treated at the clinic over the Christmas holidays…

Kennedy, the son of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has been a passionate advocate for improved mental health care coverage and has spoken publicly about his own battles with depression, alcoholism and substance abuse.

A few days after the crash, Rhode Island Democrats endorsed him for re-election.

Republicans have called for him to step down.

"He ought to resign because he can't fulfill his duties as congressman," said Chuck Newton, Rhode Island Republican Party spokesman. "We're a small state and we only have two congressmen, so it really matters if someone can't do the job."


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